Annual festival prepares to tour

Doxford Hall Hotel general manager Mark Booth.
Doxford Hall Hotel general manager Mark Booth.

A Northumberland classical music event has proven such a hit in recent years that it will now go on tour.

The Northumbrian Music Festival was launched at Doxford, Guyzance and Eshott halls six years ago to provide a series of top quality classical music.

And now, for the first time, it will tour all of The Robert Parker Collection of hotels, including Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh, Ednam House in Kelso and the Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere.

Organiser Barbara Huddart said: “We are delighted that the Northumbrian Music Festival goes on tour for the first time.

“The music and the food that accompanies it combine to make a hugely memorable event for all who attend. The halls and castles of the hotel group are perfect venues for musical performance, with large spaces that were designed from the outset for large social events.”

This year’s festival begins on October 14 with A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan at Eshott Hall.

Other highlights include the return of Heritage Opera, which will stage full-length productions of The Magic Flute by Mozart, Verdi’s Rigolleto and The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, a concert by Graeme Danby, and sacred and choral music by members of the church at Grasmere.

The Northumbrian Ranters, featuring young musicians from across Northumberland, will also return, having performed at every previous festival.

Doxford Hall general manager Mark Booth said: “We know from experience that the festival offers the perfect winter’s evening of entertainment, fine food and culture.”

The festival will run from October 14 to March 11. A full programme is available at or on 01668 283100.